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Princess Yachts “Superfly” X95 Officially Launched Online

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The new Princess Yachts Superfly X95 with its giant enclosed flybridge is an entirely new design for the UK based yacht builder and was created in collaboration with Italian Pininfarina design house and Olenski naval architects.
Princess Yachts X95 Side Front View
The new Princess Yachts “Superfly” X95. Credit: Princess Yachts

First unveiled as a concept in 2018, Princess Yachts have officially revealed the new Superfly X95 in a Facebook Live “round table” talk with various team members of Princess Yachts.

While usually held as a press conference at one of the major yacht shows, in light of current events, the Plymouth based company chose to instead hold the reveal at their South yard, aboard a 1:1 full-scale plywood mock-up of the X95.

The first model of the new Princess Yachts X Class, the long-range X95 is characterized by long-flowing lines extending from bow to stern and sees both the flybridge and main deck interior space extending almost the full length of the yacht.

It also features a fully enclosed and air-conditioned sky lounge, which together creates the “Super Flybridge” – the X Class’s defining characteristic and inspiration for the “Superfly” nickname. 

Princess Yachts X95 Side View
A sporty SUV of the sea with its defining Super Flybridge. Credit: Princess Yachts

Describing the new design, Princess Executive Chairman Antony Sheriff said, “The X95 breaks the mould of traditional yacht design. The unique open plan architecture is brought to life through our design partnership with the legendary styling house Pininfarina. The layout provides 10% more outdoor space and 40% more indoor space than a traditional motor yacht. This leap forward in space and versatility mirrors recent innovations from luxury automotive brands who have developed crossover models.”

Princess Yachts X95 Side Back View

Having joined Princess Yachts only 4.5 years ago, Antony Sheriff is a relative newcomer to the yachting industry (previously coming from McLaren Automotive where he oversaw the launch of models like the MP4-12C and P1). While he still wanted to maintain the brand’s heritage, he was also looking for the company to be brave and try new things, citing “to innovate is to do things that others are scared to do” and it was this thinking that ultimately led to the creation of the X95.

During the early days of his role as CEO, Antony was sitting aboard the helm of a 75ft Princess Yacht at the Singapore Yacht Show and began to wonder, “What does one do with all this space in the front (foredeck) and is there a better use for it? 

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Upper Deck Bow
The re-imagined flybridge extends almost the entire length of the yacht. Credit: Princess Yachts

He also asked himself, “Is there any way to get rid of the helm station on the main deck? Is it possible to create a massive space on the main deck and put the helm-deck somewhere up top? Why do we build a flybridge the way we do and is there a better or different way to build it?”

These musings led to the idea for a new yacht and further evolved into three questions that needed answering:  

  1. Does it work?
  2. Does it float?
  3. Does it look great?

It would take another 16 weeks of pre-concept discussions and calculations with the team to get the proportions right and establish if the concept for the new Superfly X95 could even work. and getting the proportions right with naval architect Olesinski and Italian design house Pininafarina joining the project. 

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Skylounge
The fully enclosed and air-conditioned sky-lounge offers extensive views in comfort. Credit: Princess Yachts

There were several main challenges in achieving the desired outcome of the X95, with Andy Lawrence, Director of Design at Princess Yachts mentioning the first of those was getting the main saloon and the air-conditioned sky lounge on the top of a boat of this proportions.

Secondly, the naval architect Olesinki wanted the design to be very airy and flow well from the interior to exterior areas, requiring an unprecedented amount of glass to do so.

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Saloon
The X95 creates more space on the main deck and greater opportunities to customize the layout. Credit: Princess Yachts
Princess Yachts X95 Interior Skylounge View
Extensive use of glass throughout the design required a hull re-design. Credit: Princess Yachts

This led to the third challenge of needing a hull design that could support the increased weight of the glass and required Princess Yachts to be innovative and something entirely new design to them.

Taking all of these considerations into account, the design team finally settled on the “Super Flybridge” concept with a vast, fully enclosed air-conditioned sky lounge.

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Upper Deck
More living spaces to enjoy on the Superfly X95. Credit: Princess Yachts

In addition to the new flybridge architectural design of the X95, Princess Yachts also worked on a new hull design, with a piercing bow that extends the waterline forward, improving efficiency up to 15% compared to traditional hull designs. This unique design was such a move away from previous models that they had to take the new hull design to the testing tank to ensure the design worked how it was supposed to.

Princess Yachts X95 Docked
The piercing bow of the X95 increases efficiency up to 15%. Credit: Princess Yachts

Powered by twin MAN V12 engines producing a total of 3800hp and in conjunction with the new hydro-dynamic efficiencies, the Superfly X95 can reach a maximum speed of 23 knots, which is impressive when compared to previous generations that required a combined horsepower of 5200hp to achieve the same speed. With a full tank (13,400 liters), the X95 also has a range of 2,000 miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots and is suitable for long-range journeys. 

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Decks

Design-wise, the X95 also offers the greatest amount of living spaces in a Princess design of this length and an even higher level of pre-designed options from the factory designed layouts. Before the X95, approximately 10% of the Princess Yachts design team worked on “non-standard” options for clients, but with this new project, that has now increased to 25-30%.

In the presentation, Sarah Verey, Creative Design Consultant Princess Yachts shared, “She’s got 30% more internal volume than another other 95ft boat design we’ve designed. The temptation is always to fill the volume but actually we wanted to create a really architectural interior on this boat. So we deliberately didn’t want to fill the space. We wanted there to be a lot of design elements in there, but when you walk in it’s a sum of all the parts. It’s walking in and going “[wow] there’s something about this. I can’t put my finger on what it is but it just works.”

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Master Stateroom
Princess Yachts X95 Interior Master Stateroom Dressing Area

One of the benefits of choosing a model like this is that each client is able to work with a creative design consultant like Sarah Verey to personalize the design and end up with a bespoke result that will take just over a year to build from the time the client specifications are submitted.

Onboard, the standard Princess Yachts X95 deck design can accommodate up to eight guests on the lower deck in a full-beam master stateroom, two twin guest cabins, and a double VIP suite forward. 

Princess Yachts X95 Trio Decks
The X95 can be configured with multiple different layouts depending on owners requirements. Credit: Princess Yachts

However, as an example of the versatility afforded with the X95, the owner of the first build slot opted to configure the yacht with a five-cabin layout consisting of a full-beam main deck master suite, plus a non-standard lower deck layout featuring an aft VIP stateroom with an adjoining gym. 

With ten X95 models already sold to owners around the world, Princess Yachts have even had to push back the production schedule of the M Class to accommodate the demand for the new Superfly X95, proving that this design has struck a chord amongst fans of the brand.

And for owners who are looking for something a little smaller but still wanting similar functionality, rest assured, plans are well underway for a younger sister – the X80.

Princess Yachts: www.princessyachts.com

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior White
Princess Yachts X95 Cockpit

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Swedish J Craft’s New Torpedo Boat: M/Y Acheron

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Each J Craft Torpedo heritage boat takes over 8000 hours to hand-build and now the latest design has been revealed as the elegant M/Y Acheron.
J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Side
J Craft Torpedo 42′ M/Y Acheron on the water. Credit: J Craft

For over 20 years, Swedish-based J Craft has created some of the world’s most beautifully crafted classic wooden boats and have now revealed their latest hand-built Torpedo model, the 42′ M/Y Acheron.

Described as a “runabout fit for a king, with the style of Brigitte Bardot and the technological sophistication of James Bond,” J Craft’s latest Torpedo features a rich lacquered wood exterior with contrasting white leather upholstery. It is also the first Torpedo to boast the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines, marking the introduction of the first-ever Torpedo RS.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat
The first to include the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines. Credit: J Craft

Built on Sweden’s island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, J Craft draws on the island’s strong seafaring heritage spanning over 1,000 years and leans on the presence of skilled artisans to construct robust, maneuverable boats like M/Y Acheron that can withstand the extreme elements of the far north.

A favorite amongst billionaires (they own 5 of the 26 J Craft’s built to date), the Torpedo’s are equipped with the most up-to-date technology, but design-wise harken back to the stylish wooden boats of the 50’s and 60’s, each built by hand and requiring over 8000 work hours each to complete over approximately one year.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Wooden Aerial
The J Craft Torpedo 42′ has a range of 350 nautical miles. Credit: J Craft

With a range of 350 nautical miles (648 kilometers) and a top speed of 50 knots (90 km/h), the J Craft Torpedo is designed to handle the high-seas and rough conditions of Europe’s northernmost waters and is just as much at home bracing the Baltic seas during extensive sea-trials as it is on the lakes and inshore waters of the Hamptons or cruising the coastal waters of the Amalfi coast.

It is also said to be one of the most stable boats on the market, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Much of this can be attributed to the Volvo IPS drives. Designed in conjunction with the Torpedo, the pod-mounted, forward-facing propellers can move through 360 degrees, making cornering easy, safe, and comfortable.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Aft
Each boat takes over 8000 hours to build. Credit: J Craft

At low speed, when maneuvering in tighter spaces, the Torpedo is controlled by the IPS joystick, allowing the boat to move backwards, forwards, sideways, and even turn in its own length, all with delicate, finger-tip control.

While it may not look like it, there’s room aboard for 4 guests + the captain to sleep overnight. Credit: J Craft

In terms of entertaining, M/Y Acheron is well equipped with a fridge, ice-maker, sink, and induction hob while below deck, an internal lounge area, wet room, and sleeping quarters for four guests + the captain means guests can stay overnight in comfort.

Authentic Nardi steering wheel like that used on the Ferrari 250 GTO. Credit: J Craft

As bespoke builds with no two J Craft’s the same, the options are almost limitless when it comes to designing a new boat, whether it be adding an extended Bimini over the aft for more shade over the sunpad, an additional sprayhood and full cabrio for bad weather or opting for the cutlery package designed by His Majesty Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden himself.

Bespoke build means all elements can be fully customized as per the customers desires. Credit: J Craft

For those looking to order their own J Craft Torpedo boat, prices start at €1.2 million (depending on customization requests), although J Craft have revealed their order book is already filled for 2021, so you might have to put your “la dolce vita” plans on hold for at least another year or so until you can call one your own.

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Amels Shares Walkthrough of Latest Amels 200 Build

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Amels Holland has revealed interior shots and a walkthrough of their latest 60m Amels 200 designed by Tim Heywood and Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects.
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Jetski

Amels Holland has recently given insight into the third build of their new Amels 200 Limited Edition superyacht, designed in collaboration with yacht designer Tim Heywood (exterior) and Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects (interior).

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Main Saloon Living
Muted tones of the Saloon living space. Credit: Luxury Projects

As an Amels Limited Editions, clients benefit from a yacht currently in-build but with the additional benefit of customizing certain aspects of the build, minimizing the delivery time from several years down to as a little as a few months.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Main Saloon
Designed by Italian design firm Luxury Projects. Credit: Luxury Projects

“The Amels 200 is inspired, like all my work, by nature,” explains British designer Tim Heywood. “The design echoes a cruising swan ruffling her feathers. The sweeping profile lines are enhanced by the twists in the surfaces, which give her an enriched and interesting form with light and shade effects to each deck level. She is unique and original and exceeds my wildest expectations.”

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Interior Dining
Natural woods, leathers and soft fabrics are used for the interior spaces. Credit: Luxury Projects

Working with Amels Holland for the first time, Ancona-based Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects chose a palette of natural woods, leather, and fabric for the interior spaces, contrasting with the glossy touch of liquid metal finishes and bronze profile detailing of the exterior.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Interior Bedroom

Utilizing over 382sqm of living area divided over four guest decks, the new Amels 200 design accommodates 12 guests and features four guest cabins on the lower deck. Taking an elevator to the bridge deck, the VIP Suite offers an additional private space complete with its own dressing room and ensuite and a lounge adjacent to the VIP suite.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Master

On the Main Deck, the Owners suite is styled in a combination of leather and wood veneer finishes and features a substantial fold-down balcony that extends 130sq ft (12sqm) almost the entire length of the side beam.

Above, the Sky Lounge can be accessed by either the central elevator or the staircase and is a multi-functional air-conditioned living space that features a massage room and lobby that leads out to the Jacuzzi.

Currently still under construction as demonstrated by the walkthrough with Jorrit Pilaar, the third Amels 200 build is expected to be delivered in the Spring of 2021.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Stern View
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Aerial View
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Top Deck
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Beach Club
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Sunset

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Tankoa Launches 164ft M/Y Olokun Superyacht

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Tankoa Yachts has launched the third hull in the Italian shipyard’s 50 meter All-Aluminium Series – the Darth Vadar looking “M/Y Olokun.
Technical launch of  M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Technical launch of M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

In a technical launch at their boutique yard in Genoa, Italy, Tankoa Yachts launched the third hull in their 50 meter (164ft) all-aluminum series.

With a layout similar to her predecessors, M/Y Olokun was started on spec before being sold in March 2020 and designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interiors by Casadio Miami/London, a US-based studio with a focus on luxury residential, aviation, and marine design.

Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Featuring fold-down terraces in the owner’s suite on the forward main deck, the semi-displacement hull also has a side-loading tender garage in the stern and a spacious beach club in the transom.

M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Where M/Y Olokun differs from the previous two hulls is a change to the design of the main deck aft, which has been dedicated exclusively to an enormous lounge for relaxation, with the dining room moved to the upper deck. Meanwhile, the forward master stateroom features a private study that can be converted into an extra ensuite cabin when needed.

M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

“S501 hull number 3 was started on spec and the owner came into the project quite late during construction, but as a boutique shipyard we wanted to offer him maximum flexibility to tailor the yacht to his personal needs,” said Tankoa Yachts CEO Vincenzo Poerio as he shared on the design process of M/Y Olokun. “The second cabin connected to his own suite on the main deck is a good example. It meant cutting a hole in the bulkhead and re-routing all the wiring so his private office could be converted into a cabin.

M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

M/Y Olokun will now undergo full yacht systems testing and have the interior outfitting completed before sea trials and final delivery later this year.

Tankoa Olokun Superyacht Launch Side Hull Front View

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